Like it or Not…the Cloud is Here

Almost everyday I hear both sides of the story when it comes to the Cloud.  “We are NOT looking at the Cloud right now!” or “We are committed to leveraging the Cloud.”  There is rarely a point that the life of an IT Leader has them sitting in the middle.

The service model that the cloud provides to an IT Department, Large or Small is compelling and there are several benefits to making the move to the Cloud, things like:

  • Cost Reduction
  • Enhanced Productivity
  • Optimized Resource Utilization
  • Improved Security / Compliance
  • Access to Skills and Capabilities
  • Scalability
  • Agility

But at the same time there are a number of challenges and risks that need to be mitigated:

  • Incompatibility
  • Uptime
  • Security
  • Compliance
  • Pay-as-you-Go
  • Vendor/Hardware Lock In
  • Cloud Consumerization

While the challenges exist, for many it is just time to transform IT into something more than just Hardware and Software and look at focusing on Services…moving to the Cloud allows far more flexibility.  In looking to the Dangers of the Cloud I came across a very interesting White Paper published by ICASA the curators of CoBIT titled “Calculating Cloud ROI: From the Customer Perspective” (registration required).  The Benefits and Challenges listed above came from this White Paper but what really had me intrigued is that the focus was not on the Go or No Go question of moving to the cloud…it was focused on providing IT Managers and IT Leaders information to really mitigate the risk involved with the move to the cloud.  Do the Benefits out weigh the Challenges?  Can your organization risk the potential shift in Legislation that requires you to overnight bring all your data home?

The Cloud is not going anywhere…that is the reality.  More services and interesting options are popping up almost day.  Building a Plan and Communicating that Plan is key to the success of a cloud initiative, regardless of the size or complexity.

Cheers and Happy Monday,

Chris J Powell

Posted on December 3, 2012 in Cloud Computing, Risk Management

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